Christopher Plummer

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Name: Christopher Plummer ( Christopher Plummer )
Born: December 13, 1929
Age: 89 years old
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inches
Occupation: actor
Tags: actor
Relationship Status: married
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    Christopher Plummer: biography

    Christopher Plummer is an American actor whose works set a wonderful example for younger artists. Plummer’s roles brought him many prestigious awards, including the Golden Globe and the Academy Awards. The audience admires the actor’s ability to look natural with any state type, from charming antagonists to Mr. Nice Guy from a neighboring house.

    Childhood and youth

    The would-be actor was born on December 13, 1929, in Toronto, Canada. The celebrity’s great grandfather was the third Prime Minister of Canada. Soon after the boy was born, his parents divorced, and the mother moved to a suburban area of Montreal, where her relatives helped her raise Christopher.

    The actor Christopher Plummer
    The actor Christopher Plummer

    The boy got used to visiting local theaters: opera, ballet, and plays mesmerized Plummer and made him dream of ovations and lead parts. However, music was the first art for him: the mother insisted her son should learn how to play the piano.

    Young Christopher Plummer
    Young Christopher Plummer

    Christopher got his first role at school; he never missed performances. One day, a famous theater critic of that time praised his Mr. Darcy in the play based on Jane Austen’s work. After graduation, the young man joined a troupe of the Montreal theater and traveled across the country, gaining experience and polishing his skills.

    Theater

    In 1954, the actor moved to New York and joined the Broadway troupe. The list of his plays is impressive: Plummer appeared in productions about Henry V and Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, Cyrano de Bergerac and King Lear, Macbeth and Julius Caesar. Gradually, the actor earned recognition among directors and theater lovers.

    Christopher Plummer as Cyrano de Bergerac
    Christopher Plummer as Cyrano de Bergerac

    In 1974, Christopher received the prestigious Tony Awards, the theater Oscar, for the Broadway musical Cyrano.

    1981 was marked with the role of Iago in Othello based on Shakespeare’s play under the same title. The artist enjoyed numerous favorable reviews. The New York Times critic Frank Rich even called Plummer’s role one of the unforgettable impressions from the theater.

    Christopher Plummer as Iago in Othello
    Christopher Plummer as Iago in Othello

    The next Tony Award came in 1997 when the man played John Barrymore, the famous actor of the early 1900s. In 2002, Plummer participated in Broadway’s King Lear; six years later, he was invited to Caesar and Cleopatra.

    In 2010, 80-year-old Christopher Plummer proved once again that talent knew no age: he brilliantly personified Prospero in The Tempest.

    Movies

    The artist’s filmography is just as amazing as the list of his theater roles: overall, he appeared in some hundred movies. Many of Plummer’s fans agree that Captain Georg von Trapp from Robert Wise’s The Sound of Music was the brightest figure.

    Christopher Plummer in the movie The Sounds of Music
    Christopher Plummer in the movie The Sounds of Music

    The project was premiered in 1965 and immediately got recognition. According to Plummer, he despised his character: “The devil is more interesting than God”. In other words, the man liked to play antagonists more than “good guys”.

    Besides, the movies The Insider (1999) and A Beautiful Mind with Russell Crowe, Josh Lucas, and Jennifer Connelly are worth noticing. In The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, the artist played the main character; another lead part happened in The Last Station about the last year of Leo Tolstoy’s life.

    Christopher Plummer as Leo Tolstoy
    Christopher Plummer as Leo Tolstoy

    Although Plummer became a successful movie actor, he confessed in his interviews he preferred theater: the “live” audience was more significant, and ovation energy gave him energy and happiness, something that cinematography could never provide.

    Personal life

    Christopher Plummer’s personal life has been as rich as his career. The actress Tammy Grimes became his first wife; their daughter Amanda was born in 1957. Unfortunately, the marriage did not last long: the couple divorced four years later.

    Christopher Plummer with Tammy Grimes (left) and Patricia Lewis (right)
    Christopher Plummer with Tammy Grimes (left) and Patricia Lewis (right)

    Amanda followed in her father’s footsteps and became an actress. The man began to communicate with his daughter only when she was an adult; however, their relationship was warm and friendly.

    Christopher Plummer with his daughter Amanda
    Christopher Plummer with his daughter Amanda

    The journalist Patricia Lewis became the actor’s second wife in 1962; they divorced in 1967. Plummer did not spend much time alone and married again in 1970: the dancer and actress Elaine Taylor became his partner. It was a happy marriage: the spouses are still together.

    Christopher Plummer with his wife Elaine Taylor
    Christopher Plummer with his wife Elaine Taylor

    In 2008, the actor presented his autobiography In Spite of Myself: A Memoir Christopher Plummer.

    Present days

    At the end of 2017, the actor became the center of the media’s attention again: he played in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World based on a true story about one of the richest people all over the globe.

    Christopher Plummer in the movie All the Money in the World
    Christopher Plummer in the movie All the Money in the World

    The main character, J. Paul Getty, is so wealthy that his net worth cannot be estimated. However, the billionaire does not want to share a cent to save his grandson kidnapped by terrorists. Initially, Kevin Spacey was supposed to play him, but the 57-year-old actor would have to wear too much makeup to look like an 80-year-old person while Plummer suited perfectly.

    Ridley Scott, Charlie Plummer, and Christopher Plummer
    Ridley Scott, Charlie Plummer, and Christopher Plummer

    Michelle Williams, Timothy Hutton, and Mark Wahlberg starred in the project as well. 18-year-old Charlie Plummer played the billionaire’s grandson. He is Christopher’s namesake.

    Today, Christopher Plummer’s net worth is $20 million.

    Filmography

    • 2017 - All the Money in the World
    • 2016 - The Exception
    • 2011 - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    • 2009 - The Last Station
    • 2009 - The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
    • 2006 – The Lake House
    • 2001 – A Beautiful Mind
    • 1995 - Dolores Claiborne
    • 1990 - Where the Heart Is
    • 1981 – The Amateur
    • 1975 - The Return of the Pink Panther
    • 1965 - The Sound of Music
    • 1962 - Cyrano de Bergerac
    • 1958 - Stage Struck

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